Tigers grind out advantage on rain-curtailed day

Bangladesh were nicely poised in the first Test against South Africa at 179-4 before rain brought a premature end to the second day’s play in Chittagong on Wednesday.
The visitors threw everything at the hosts after Bangladesh bowled them out cheaply for 248 runs, but the batsmen successfully negotiated their bowlers to retain the advantage.
Tamim Iqbal provided the necessary resistance to score his first fifty against South Africa and Mahmudullah built on the start to score 67, taking Bangladesh to a comfortable position before rain intervened.
Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, 16 not out, will resume the innings with Sakib al Hasan today, the third day of the match, hoping to take the Tigers close to 400 runs in order to give them a chance to put South Africa under pressure.
Things could have been much better for Bangladesh had Mahmudullah not been dismissed just before rain halted play as Vernon Philander trapped him leg-before.
Philander’s wicket was the only success for South Africa’s much-talked-about pace trio, who struggled to make an impact on the slow
wicket at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Dale Steyn swung the ball both ways and looked to have produced some reverse swing at times while Morne Morkel took some extra bounce from a hard pitch, without any reward.
Bangladesh played them cautiously but did not give them any undue respect, which helped them keep the scoreboard ticking amid relentless pressure from the pace trio.
Their part-timers, meanwhile, found the opportunity to take some wickets, giving the side regular breakthroughs and not allowing Bangladesh to put any big partnership.
For Bangladesh it was important to negotiate the new-ball threat and Tamim and Imrul Kayes did the job successfully, putting on 41 runs in their opening stand.
Imrul lost his concentration once South Africa introduced part-time medium pacer Stiaan van Zyl, who dragged the opener out of his crease for a stumping, which end his watchful innings at 26.
The most awkward part of Bangladesh’s innings came moments later when one-down Mominul Haque attempted to cut a delivery of off-spinner Simon Harper that was too close to his body.
The ball, which was also a quicker, beat Mominul and crashed onto his stumps, leaving him out for six, and putting Bangladesh in some trouble at 2-55.
Tamim and Mahmudullah helped the Tigers recover with an 89-run second wicket stand denying South Africa any chance of making an inroad.
Tamim was uncharacteristically watchful during his innings, hitting just two boundaries, before he completed his fifty off 119 balls. He fell to Dean Elgar, another part-timer, who bowled the left-hander with a full toss just when he was looking set for a big innings.
Tamim took overall 129 balls for his inning and hit just three fours. His innings was also a statement of sorts from Bangladesh, suggesting they were not willing to give up anything without a try, at the least.
They can make the third day a very long one for South Africa should they stick to the same strategy.

-With New Age input

Related News

Mustafizur climbs into the top 10 ODI bowlers

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com With 640 rating points, Bangladesh seamer Mustafizur Rahman has climbed six spots to tie for 10th place with Chris Woakes of England in the ICC ODI rankings for bowlers.Although Mehidy Hasan Miraz still holds the best position by a Bangladeshi bowler for ODIs, he slipped two places to eighth in the ... Read more

Tigers head coach Domingo to arrive tomorrow

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Russell Domingo, the head coach of Bangladesh, is scheduled to arrive in the country on Friday before the team departs on August 23 for the UAE to participate in the forthcoming Asia Cup.On August 30, Bangladesh will play Afghanistan in their opening game of the tournament, which is set to start ... Read more

Tigers to play 150 international matches in the new FTP

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh will be playing all other full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) during the next cycle of the ICC Men’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) for the period 2023-27, the details of which were confirmed by ICC on Wednesday.According to the fresh announcement of the FTP, The Tigers are set ... Read more

Bangladesh women cricketers get roadmap

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh women’s team will play a total of 50 matches over the course of the next three years, according to the first women’s Future Tour Plan [FTP] released by the International Cricket Council on Tuesday.10 international women’s teams will play 301 games during the 2022–2025 FTP cycle. In the cycle, Bangladesh ... Read more

“Shakib and Mushfiqur could open if necessary”

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh team management is considering Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim as openers for the upcoming Asia Cup, said the national team’s director Khaled Mahmud on Monday. The selectors have picked just two recognised openers-Anamul Haque and Parvez Emon- in the 17-man squad for the Asia Cup. Regular opener Liton Das ... Read more

Zim clinch ODI series

Sikandar Raza and skipper Regis Chakabva’s 201-run stand took Zimbabwe in the lead to seal the second ODI win by a commanding margin of five wickets in Harare on Sunday, resulting them braced their first ODI series win against Bangladesh since 2013. With two early dismissals, Hasan Mahmud gave the Tigers a strong start with ... Read more

Asia Cup schedule released

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com The schedule for upcoming Asia Cup 2022 is out and Bangladesh will play against Afghanistan in their opening Group B fixture on August 30th at Sharjah.Sri Lanka are the other team in Group B. The Tigers play their second game on September 1 against the Lankans at Dubai. The tournament will ... Read more

Tigers lost the series after a 10-run defeat to Zim in the third T20I

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh suffered their first-ever bileteral series defeat to Zimbabwe, as the hosts won the third and final series-deciding T20 international at the Harare Sports Club Ground by 10 runs on Tuesday. Mahmudullah, returning to the T20I side following injury to skipper Nurul Hasan, failed to inspire the side to victory after ... Read more

Tigers’ seven-wicket victory in the second T20I levels the series

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com In the second Twenty20 international of the three-match series on Sunday at the Harare Sports Club Ground, off-spinner Mosaddek Hossain’s brilliant opening stint drove Bangladesh to a comfortable seven-wicket victory against Zimbabwe. The part-time bowler claimed his first five-wicket haul in T20I play in the seventh over, reducing the hosts to ... Read more

Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar’s strong biopic ‘Rawalpindi Express’ in 2022

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Former Pakistan cricketer and holder of the world record for fastest bowling Shoaib Akhtar has revealed that “Rawalpindi Express,” his biography, is currently under development. Akhtar posted the movie’s motion poster while announcing the news on his social media accounts. Beginning of this beautiful journey. Announcing the launch of my story, ... Read more

In 2024, Bangladesh will host the Women’s T20 World Cup

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com The International Cricket Council announced on Tuesday that Bangladesh will host the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2024. The four nations chosen to host women’s white ball competitions from 2024 to 2027 are Bangladesh, India, England, and Sri Lanka, according to the ICC Board. Bangladesh will host its second Women’s ... Read more

South Africa withdraws from the ODI series against Australia which was scheduled for 2023

South Africa have withdrawn from the One-Day International series against Australia earmarked for next January, putting the Proteas hopes of automatic qualification for the 50 over World Cup in India in major jeopardy.Abandoning the series, which forms part of the Super League, hurts South Africa’s chances of direct qualification for the 2023 men’s ODI World ... Read more

Shakib get NOC to play CPL

Ace Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan will take part in the forthcoming edition of the Caribbean Premier League, franchise-based T20 tournament, scheduled to begin from August 31.He is set to feature for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the tournament.‘Shakib is expected to take part in the upcoming edition of CPL and we have given him NOC ... Read more

Tigers beat WEST Indies in ODI opener, get 1st win on tour

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.comBangladesh earned their first victory in the current West Indies tour defeating the hosts by six wickets in the opening one-day international at Guyana on Sunday.The visitors won the toss and opted to bowl in a game that was shortened to 41 overs per innings due to a wet outfield.In their preferred ... Read more

Shakib likely to miss ODI series

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is likely to withdraw himself from the forthcoming one-day series against the West Indies, said Bangladesh national team chief selector Minhajul Abedin. ‘Shakib is most likely to miss the ODI series. However, I am not confirming you it officially. Hope to officially confirm the news in ... Read more

Former ICC elite panel umpire Asad Rauf now runs shop selling clothes and shoes

Asad Rauf, who umpired in one hundred and seventy international matches between 2000 and 2013, was part of the elite panel of ICC umpires too, now runs a shop selling clothes and shoes in Landa Bazaar at Lahore and he has no interest in the game anymore. At the peak of his umpiring career, Pakistan’s Asad ... Read more

Shakib back as Bangladesh Test captain

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was reappointed as the Bangladesh national team Test captain while in-form wicketkeeper-batter Liton Das was made the vice-captain. The position of Bangladesh Test captain went vacant after Mominul Haque decided to step down from the role on Tuesday with an aim to focus on his batting

Liton Das achieves highest ever Test ranking for Bangladesh

Bangladesh batsman Liton Das attained career-best ratings in Tests after being instrumental with the bat in Bangladesh’s recently-concluded two-match Test series against Sri Lanka. He has risen five spots to claim the 12th position and is now the highest ranked Bangladesh batter in the longest format. Liton’s rating point (724) is the highest by

Mahmud to replace Shohidul for WI series

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Pacer Hasan Mahmud will replace Shohidul Islam in the Bangladesh squad for their forthcoming tour of West Indies after the latter was ruled out due to a side strain, confirmed Bangladesh national team chief selector Minhajul Abedin. Bangladesh are scheduled to leave for the West Indies in three separate groups from

Mominul wants to quit Test captaincy

By Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque has decided to step down from his role as captain after relentless criticism from the cricket fraternity due the team’s poor performance under his leadership and his off-form with the bat. Under his captaincy the hosts suffered a crashing 10-wicket defeat against the touring